Portugal

Joaquim Pinto – Uma Pedra no Bolso AKA Tall Stories (1988)

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Twelve-year-old Miguel (Bruno Leite) is sent to live with his aunt for the summer at a seaside resort, where he makes friends with Joao (Manuel Labao), an older boy who revels in stories of his sexual conquests of vacationing women. Miguel is also befriended by the maid Luisa (Ines Medeiros). Later, Miguel must defend Joao when he is accused of stealing from his aunt. This is the film debut for director Joaquim Pinto, who used 4 people and 2 1/2 weeks to produce the feature. Read More »

Paulo Abreu – O que não se vê (2020)

In “What Is Not Seen”, Paulo Abreu subtly repositions the most characteristic tropes of the travel narrative: in lieu of a dialectic of self-recognition mediated by the discovery of others, we find a game of interruptions, in which the constant theme of the mechanisms of vision – within a markedly essayistic device between landscapes, displacements, and voice over – seemingly replaces the utopia of a possible encounter. Read More »

Louis Henderson & Filipa César – Sunstone (2017)

The film tracks Fresnel lenses from their site of production to their exhibition in a museum of lighthouses and navigational devices. It also examines the diverse social contexts in which optics are implicated, contrasting the system of triangular trade that followed the first European arrivals in the ‘New World’ with the political potential seen in Op art in post-revolutionary Cuba. Incorporating 16mm celluloid images, digital desktop captures and 3D CGI, the film also maps a technological trajectory: from historical methods of optical navigation to new algorithms of locating, from singular projection to multi-perspectival satellitic visions. Registering these technical advances progressively through the film’s materials and means of production, Sunstone creates “a cinema of affect, a cinema of experience – an Op- Film.” Read More »

Maureen Fazendeiro & Miguel Gomes – Diários de Otsoga AKA The Tsugua Diaries (2021) (HD)

In sun-soaked Portugal, Crista, Carloto, and João live in rural peace during the COVID lockdown. They pass their time in a spacious farmhouse where the dog days of summer are filled with dancing, chores, disturbed sleep patterns, flirtations, and building a backyard butterfly house. Read More »

Jorge Cramez – Actos de Cinema AKA Acts of Cinema (2018)

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“The motto for this film is affections from life in images. It alternates between ‘snapshots’ of shootings and the present-day memory of people with whom I’ve worked in films by Teresa Villaverde, João Mário Grilo, José Álvaro de Morais, Fernando Lopes or Miguel Gomes.”
– Jorge Cramez Read More »

Teresa Villaverde – A Idade Maior AKA Alex (1991)

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Things in Portugal weren’t what they are now. The story of this film is the story of bygone days when Portugal was hidden away from the rest of the world, when men were obliged to go to countries many Portuguese people could not point out on the map.
Men died and changed in these lands. Alex was only 10 years old, but he remembers, so its better for him to tell the story. Read More »

Nuno Leonel & Joaquim Pinto – Rabo de Peixe (2015)

Rabo de Peixe is a fishing village in the Azores. Between 1999 and 2001, Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel shot a documentary there about the disappearing traditional fishing methods. The TV channel which commissioned the film didn’t appreciate its critical attitude and broadcasted it only once, in a shorter version. In the meantime, the two directors move to the island, and the industrial fishing methods, supported by Community directives, shake the small village. Fifteen years later, they decide to re-edit the movie following their original intentions, keeping in mind the time that has passed and how their lives have been changed by that place and its inhabitants. Read More »